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Holistic Entrepreneur, Rocio Castellanos, Helps Others Using Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, and Reiki

Posted by Rocio Castellanos on 2/8/24 4:00 PM

What was your life like before SWIHA? What led you to SWIHA and your particular program of study? Why are you passionate about this modality?

My life before SWIHA, when it came to professional work, was working 12-hour shifts at a local Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. All my life since I was young, I had this desire to help people so I decided to go into the medical field. I worked alongside great people and carers for 13 years. Working in the hospital, I had this innate feeling that I would one day be working on my own, I would say "One day, I'll have my own business, I'm going to be my 'own boss', just you watch". That was my favorite line to say to people when someone asked me how I wanted to "grow" in the company. I didn't envision myself retiring as a healthcare worker.

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Topics: Great Graduate, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching Program, integrative healing arts practitioner, Holistic Entrepreneurship

How Melisa Rae Helps Her Clients Blaze a Unique Path Forward

Posted by Jasper Marie on 1/17/24 8:00 AM

“Be willing to get to know yourself better, step outside your comfort zone, and view obstacles as lessons.”

Melisa Rae, the driving force behind rESPONSIBLE nONCONFORMIST, began her coaching journey after spending 15 years in the mental health field. Her firsthand experience in mental health provided her with a unique perspective on the struggles individuals face and ignited a passion for proactive, goal-oriented solutions. A graduate of SWIHA, Melisa completed the Life Coaching, Intuitive Guidance, and Reiki programs.

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Topics: Life Coaching, Great Graduate, Reiki, national life coaching month, intuitive guidance

How Eliza Zwolsky Saw the Signs to Study Herbalism and Reiki at SWIHA

Posted by Jade Marvin on 12/21/23 4:00 PM

I grew up using herbs and had wanted to become an herbal pharmacist. The training I was looking into was in China, and then life happened, and going was discouraged. Then in my second half of revolving around the Sun, I walked by SWIHA and noticed the sign that I never paid attention to, it said ‘Herbalism and Reiki’. I had just started a new chapter in life and finally saw what I needed to do to get on the path to my original plan A.”

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Topics: western herbalism, Great Graduate, Herbalism, Reiki, Holistic Entrepreneurship, Herbalist, Amanda Hope

Hypnotherapist, Melanie Jean, Finds Rewarding Work and Volunteer Opportunities in Her Community and Local Hospital

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/6/23 4:00 PM

“Before SWIHA, I had two decades of social work experience in the context of non-profit organizations and State Government. In 2009, I had a series of unfortunate, life-altering events occur that made me realize there are gaps in services for people like myself (grieving, going through a divorce and the loss of a parent, and also living away from my family) lacking a support network to help me navigate the process or hold space for my grief. This led me on a search for healing and eventually, I landed in massage school, reiki training, yoga, meditation teacher training, and end-of-life doula classes.”

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Topics: aromatherapy, Massage, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, yoga, Past Life Regressions, Meditation, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, SWIHA Students, tarot readings, End of Life Doula, SWIHA Catalog, Dreams and Metaphors

Holistic Entrepreneur Elliot McMonagle’s Online Community of Healing & Transformation: A Path to Inner Peace

Posted by Jade Marvin on 5/30/23 4:00 PM

There is beauty in being different. Embracing our individuality is a magical way for us to accept our truest selves. Moving away from a past life, Elliot is now embracing a life full of hope and healing. Elliot McMonagle is a SWIHA Graduate of the Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner with a specialty in Advanced Hypnotherapy. Utilizing these tools and modalities learned at SWIHA, Elliot is crafting a beautiful online community of healing and transformation. Follow along as Elliot shares his story and his passion for serving others. 

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Topics: Toe Reading, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, integrative healing arts practitioner, IHAP, Linda Bennett

How Health & Wellness Coach, Tiffany Bourboulis, Helps Women Shine by Putting Their Health First

Posted by Jade Marvin on 2/14/23 4:00 PM

I was led to SWIHA by my intuition and my growing need to help others live a healthier and happier life. I knew that our health and wellness needed to be more important than any of the other things we put first in our busy lives. To be honest, I did not have a clue where this would take me or what a “Health and Wellness Coach” was. Yet, I still followed my intuition and drive to be able to grow my own knowledge of holistic wellness and ultimately help others to start putting their health and wellness first!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, yoga, Reiki, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, Arizona, coaching, Tempe, Health and Wellness, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Imposter Syndrome

Before vs. After: Marlena Gordon’s Life of Living with Intention

Posted by Marlena Gordon on 1/30/23 8:00 AM

Marlena Gordon is a certified Reiki Master and Intuitive Guide, set on the mission of helping others through life’s most difficult transitions. Although these certifications and schooling she has behind her are great, Marlena’s most qualifying credential is her own life experiences. By going through what she has gone through, Marlena now lives a life full of living with intention, seeking answers within, and wanting to share her gifts with the world. Today, Marlena Gordon shares her story of how living with intention set her on a different life course.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Reiki, energy work, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, Intuitive Guide, Intention, National Be on Purpose Month 2023, Entrepreneurial Business

Jessica Chapman Found Her Path as a Healer, One Mindful Step at a Time

Posted by Jessica Chapman on 1/6/23 8:00 AM

Jessica Chapman is a recent graduate from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ Massage Therapy program, with a focus in Polarity and Cranial therapy. Prior to that, she completed the Reiki Master Teacher program. Today, she tells us about her journey, and offers inspiration to those seeking to step fully into their purpose!

What was your life like before SWIHA? What led you to SWIHA and to your particular program of study? Why are you passionate about this modality?

I'm aware, it's the on-going giggle: "SWIHA finds you".

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Topics: Great Graduates, Massage Therapy, Mindfulness, Reiki, energy work, Inspiration, Intention, National Be on Purpose Month 2023

Reiki Master Patti Oskvarek Guides Her Clients to a Harmonious Work-Life Balance Through the Art of Reiki

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/3/22 4:00 PM

My life before SWIHA was quite different; I worked in a stressful career that was no longer fulfilling for me. However, I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference. SWIHA helped me realize I could have the life I wanted, make changes, and learn new skills to accomplish those goals. My husband was the one who encouraged me to become a Reiki Practitioner, and a friend of mine who is a Reiki Master said to look for an in-person school to learn Reiki. So I searched for schools, and that was how I found SWIHA. So why am I passionate about Reiki? When you see what a difference it makes in other people's lives for the better - when the client says the Reiki is working.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Reiki master, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, energy healing, Reiki, Arizona, Tempe, Traditional Reiki

Graduate Lourdes Silva Spreads Healing to the Hispanic and ASL Community

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/14/22 4:00 PM

I cannot do all the good that the world needs. However, the world needs all the good that I can do.” - Jana Stanfield

Lourdes Silva, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Great Graduate, realized that her life’s purpose was to serve others with her gifts and graces. To spread the healing arts of Reiki, Sound Healing, Yoga, and more to those who speak Spanish and use Sign Language. Lourdes states, “I realized that the purpose of my life is to give love and be in service reaching all that community that needed the most because I truly believe yoga is for everyone regardless of age, weight, beliefs, or race! We are Onésimo.” One day, during a Polarity class that Lourdes was taking, she had the realization that each experience that she had in her life leading up to that moment was preparing her for her soul purpose. Her soul purpose is to “become a healer, to be on the yoga path, share my acknowledgment, and with empathy - be an instrument of service!

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Topics: Sound Healing, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Life Coaching, Toe Reading, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Advanced Yoga Training, Reiki, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga nidra, Arizona, Tempe, Holistic Healer, Sign Language, Spanish Speaking, Service

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